Coast to Coast Adventure, Days 2-4

My husband Rob and I have quit our jobs and are moving from Dayton, OH to Medford, OR with our two dogs Moose and Schuyler. Before we settle there, we are embarking on a 2.5 month adventure across the US

Heading west days 2-4. Asheville NC to Colby KS. No good hikes, just walks around town and by our hotels. Elevation Colby 3247 ft.

What to say about these last few days? A LOT of boring, boring driving. 🚙🚙🚙 So many straight, flat roads. It all blends together. We’ve been doing shorter driving days, trying to be on the road 10 hours or less each day. I pass the time reading the New York Times, and it reminds me why I try to never read the news. I end up feeling depressed and hopeless for our country and humanity at large. Besides all the ongoing humanitarian crises in the U.S. this article about elephants hit me in the feels real hard… Did you know elephants are as smart as dolphins? They have emotional intelligence as well, and are sentient about their lives and surroundings. Some zoos are discontinuing their elephant exhibits because they have realized this. Elephants in captivity rarely breed, and when they do the mothers often murder their babies because they are so depressed and despondent 😭😭. I’ll never look at an elephant at the zoo the same. #freetheelephants

At this point our dogs are champion hotel stayers. They are used to it and settle in and snooze all night. 🐶 Schuyler is still being a super reactive ass when we see other dogs. We just stayed with my parents and she was fine with all 3 of their dogs, but when she is on a leash and sees another dog she flips out. She starts barking and snarling and pulling on the leash. It’s ridiculous. She gets so focused on the other dog that she doesn’t respond to any treats, even people food. I’m hoping being out and exposed to more dogs on the trail will help her settle down.

Thanks to the internet I’ve been able to eat pretty healthily on the road. Moe’s tofu bowls are a staple when they are around, so good. We passed through Columbia, MO and stopped at a vegetarian restaurant there. It was sooooo good!!! If you ever are in Missouri, stop in Columbia. It is an adorable little college town and reminds me a lot of Athens, OH in its vibe. They have a ton of cute little restaurants and shops, and we walked the dogs around the university. Yesterday, I did give in to some cravings and had nachos 🤤 and an ice cream cone 🍦- but I’ve still been hitting my target of about 1700 calories a day, so it’s all good.

Rob met a hilarious couple in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn today. They saw him struggling with the dog stuff and getting the car all packed up, and came over to talk. They are driving to California from Nashville. Turns out they left Cali a year ago and moved to Nashville but “It’s way too fucking hot there, we are done with that shit.” So they are headed back to Cali. My kind of people!!! 😂😂😂

Lastly, I’d like to give an award to Colby, KS. You blessed town, you mark the end of humidity. You will hold a special place in my heart. ❤️

This afternoon we will get into the mountains in Colorado and camp in a glacier valley- gonna be a good day. 😁👍

Anybody have any good music recommendations for us? We need some new stuff to listen to on the road.

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